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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Convicted felon charged with ripping off Social Security after falsely claiming respiratory disease


A convicted felon who pocketed $326,000 from the ill-fated Deutsche Bank demolition project was charged yesterday with raking in another $139,000 in disability payments - after falsely claiming he was too sick to work.
Bruce Greenberg, the brother of reputed Gambino family associate Harold Greenberg, had claimed he had contracted a respiratory disease while helping to clean up Ground Zero after Sept. 11, 2001.
Meanwhile, the 370-pound Staten Island man was zipping around town in a spanking new Corvette and supervising a crane at the toxic tower at 130 Liberty St., according to law enforcement officials.
Greenberg, 58, was charged with ripping off the Social Security Administration. Along with his wife Angela, 56, he was also accused of tax evasion for not reporting income from A&G Fabrications Corp., a contractor at the site that worked with the John Galt Corp., a mob-linked demolition firm.
Both pleaded not guilty and were released without bail.
Greenberg's brother, Harold, was linked to Safeway Environmental, another mob-connected firm whose execs ran the demolition job for Galt after Safeway was booted from the project.
Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan said the arrests resulted from the probe of the horrific Aug. 18, 2007, blaze at 130 Liberty St. that cost the lives of two firefighters.
"This defendant scammed taxpayers out of tens of thousands of dollars a time when most people are struggling to make ends meet, and many are just looking for honest work," said Donovan.
Greenberg is not accused of any crime linked to the fire or the two deaths, officials say. Steven Frankel, Greenberg's attorney, could not be reached.


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